Softball at the 2004 Summer Olympics

Softball at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held at the Olympic Softball Stadium in the Helliniko Olympic Complex from August 14 to 23. The United States (USA) won the gold while Australia (AUS) took silver and Japan (JPN) got bronze.

Softball
at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad
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VenueOlympic Softball Stadium
Dates14 – 23 August 2004
Competitors120 from 8 nations
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It was one of the three sports at the Athens Olympics that was for women only along with Synchronized Swimming and Rhythmic Gymnastics.

Eight teams competed for the gold medal in only the third appearance of the sport at the Summer Olympics.

MedalistsEdit

Gold Silver Bronze
  United States (USA)

Leah Amico
Laura Berg
Crystl Bustos
Lisa Fernandez
Jennie Finch
Tairia Flowers
Amanda Freed
Lori Harrigan
Lovieanne Jung
Kelly Kretschman
Jessica Mendoza
Stacey Nuveman
Cat Osterman
Jenny Topping
Natasha Watley

  Australia (AUS)

Sandra Allen
Marissa Carpadios
Fiona Crawford
Amanda Doman
Peta Edebone
Tanya Harding
Natalie Hodgskin
Simmone Morrow
Tracey Mosley
Stacey Porter
Melanie Roche
Natalie Titcume
Natalie Ward
Brooke Wilkins
Kerry Wyborn

  Japan (JPN)

Emi Inui
Kazue Ito
Yumi Iwabuchi
Masumi Mishina
Emi Naito
Haruka Saito
Hiroko Sakai
Naoko Sakamoto
Rie Sato
Yuki Sato
Juri Takayama
Yukiko Ueno
Reika Utsugi
Eri Yamada
Noriko Yamaji

In one of the most dominating runs in softball history, the United States team led by head coach Mike Candrea won the gold medal by defeating Australia 5-1 in the championship game on August 23. It was the first time in 9 games that an opponent scored a run against Team USA. Crystl Bustos hit two home runs to provide all the run-support that pitcher Lisa Fernandez required. Fernandez pitched all six innings, picking up her second win against Australia in as many days. She also won the semi-final game.

Throughout the tournament Team USA outscored its opponents 51-1. Team USA has won the Olympic gold medal in softball for the third straight time.

Australia's silver medal marks its best result in Olympic softball history. Japan earned the bronze medal after defeating China in the semi-final, and losing to Australia in the Bronze medal game.

ParticipantsEdit

ResultsEdit

Starting August 14, there were four preliminary games each day until August 20 for a total of 28 games. Two semi-final games were played August 22, with the game for third place following later that day. The final game for the gold medal was played on August 23 at 4pm local time.

StandingsEdit

Team Pld W L RF RA Pct
  United States 7 7 0 41 0 1.000
  Australia 7 6 1 22 14 0.857
  Japan 7 4 3 17 8 0.571
  China 7 3 4 15 20 0.429
  Canada 7 3 4 6 14 0.429
  Chinese Taipei 7 2 5 3 13 0.286
  Greece 7 2 5 6 24 0.286
  Italy 7 1 6 8 24 0.143

Preliminary roundEdit

August 14Edit

August 15Edit

August 16Edit

09:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  China 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 4 0
  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
W: Zhang Lixia (1-0) L: Lauren Bay (1-1)
Home Run
none

12:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
  United States 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 0
  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3
W: Catherine Osterman (1-0) L: Juri Takayama (0-1)
Home Run
none

17:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Italy 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 0
  Greece 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 3
W: Sarah Farnworth (2-1) L: Susan Bugliarello (0-1)
Home Run
none

19:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Taiwan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
  Australia 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 4 0
W: Wu Chia-Yen (0-2) L: Tanya Harding (2-0)
Home Run
none

August 17Edit

09:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  United States 2 1 0 0 1 0 X 4 5 1
W: Lori Harrigan (1-0) L: Zhang Lixia (1-1)
Home Run
USA 1 : C.Bustos in 5th, 1 RBI

12:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 2
  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
W: Lauren Bay (2-1) L: Yukiko Ueno (0-2)
Home Run
none

17:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Taiwan 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 3 1
  Greece 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 0 5 1
W: Lai Sheng-Jung (1-0) L: Sarah Farnworth (2-2)
Home Run
none

19:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
  Australia 2 2 2 0 2 8 10 1
  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Game end by Run Ahead Rule
W: Melanie Roche (1-0) L: Jennifer Spediacci (0-1)
Home Run
AUS 2 : S.Porter in 1st, 2 RBI;N.Titcume in 5th, 2 RBI

August 18Edit

09:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
  Taiwan 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 4 0
W: Lin Su-Hua (1-1) L: Susan Bugliarello (0-2)
Home Run
none

12:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 4 0
  China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
W: Melanie Roche (2-0) L: Lu Wei (1-1)
Home Run
none

17:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  United States 1 2 1 2 1 7 11 1
Game ended by Run Ahead Rule
W: Jennie Finch (2-0) L: Auburn Sigurdson (0-1)
Home Run
USA 2 : C.Bustos in 4th, 1 RBI;L.Fernandez in 4th, 1 RBI

19:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Japan 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 6 12 1
  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 0 2 3
W: Hiroko Sakai (2-0) L: Sarah Farnworth (2-3)
Home Run
none

August 19Edit

09:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Taiwan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
  China 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 1 4 0
W: Lu Wei (2-1) L: Lai Sheng-Jung (1-1)
Home Run
none

12:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 R H E
  Greece 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
  United States 0 0 1 3 3 7 9 0
Game ended by Run Ahead Rule
W: Lisa Fernandez (2-0) L: Stephanie Skegas-Maxwell (0-1)
Home Run
none

17:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
  Japan 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
W: Yukiko Ueno (1-2) L: Jennifer Spediacci (1-2)
Home Run
none

19:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Australia 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
  Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
W: Melanie Roche (3-0) L: Lauren Bay (2-2)
Home Run
none

August 20Edit

09:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
  Canada 0 0 0 1 0 0 X 1 1 1
W: Lauren Bay (3-2) L: Susan Bugliarello (0-3)
Home Run
none

12:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Taiwan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
  United States 0 0 0 1 1 1 X 3 8 1
W: Catherine Osterman (2-0) L: Wu Chia-Yen (0-3)
Home Run
USA 1 : C.Bustos in 4th, 1 RBI

17:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Greece 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2
  Australia 0 0 1 2 0 0 X 3 7 1
W: Tanya Harding (3-0) L: Sarah Farnworth (2-4)
Home Run
AUS 2 : T.Mosley in 4th, 2 RBI;S.Porter in 3rd, 1 RBI

19:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Japan 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 2 8 0
W: Yukiko Ueno (1-2)** L: Lu Wei (2-2)
Home Run
none

** Perfect game

Medal roundEdit

The semi-final game between the #3 and #4 ranked teams (Japan and China) is an elimination game, with the loser out. The winner faces the loser of the other semifinal in the bronze medal game later Sunday night. The loser of the bronze medal game received the bronze medal. The winner of that game faces the winner of the Australia vs. United States semifinal in the gold medal game, with the winner of that game receiving gold and the loser receiving silver.

  Semifinals Bronze medal game Gold medal game
                           
1   United States 5  
2   Australia 0         2   Australia 1
        Australia 3   1   United States 5
  3   Japan 0  
3   Japan 1
4   China 0  

SemifinalsEdit

August 22 9:30

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E
  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 6 0
  China 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
W: Yukiko Ueno (2-2) L: Lu Wei (2-3)
Home Run
none

August 22 12:20

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
  United States 0 0 0 1 3 1 x 5 8 0
W: Lisa Fernandez (3-0) L: Melanie Roche (3-1)
Home Run
USA: K. Kretschman in 6th, 1 RBI

Bronze medal gameEdit

August 22 17:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Australia 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 4 0
  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
W: Tanya Harding (4-0) L: Juri Takayama (1-2)
Home Run
none

Gold medal gameEdit

August 23 16:00

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1
  United States 3 0 2 0 0 0 x 5 9 0
W: Lisa Fernandez (4-0) L: Tanya Harding (4-1)
Home Run
USA : C.Bustos in 1st, 2 RBI; C.Bustos in 3rd, 1 RBI; S.Nuveman in 3rd, 1 RBI

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